Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

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More people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot. While this is great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner.

Image: street intersectionThe PAL campaign wants everyone to know how to easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being a PAL --  Predictable, Alert and Lawful. If more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for those who drive, walk and bike.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

You could save $816 a month if you switch from driving to public transportation for your commute.

American Public Transportation Association

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Bikes counted

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110 Trail
369
14th Street Bridge
1251
Arlington Mill Trail
141
Ballston Connector
204
Bluemont Connector
131
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
125
Custis Bon Air Park
553
Custis Rosslyn
1067
Fairfax EB bike lane
57
Joyce St NB
21
Joyce St SB
13
Key Bridge East
727
Key Bridge West
575
Military NB bike lane
13
Military SB bike lane
22
MVT Airport South
1024
Quincy NB bike lane
58
Quincy SB bike lane
50
Roosevelt Bridge
375
Rosslyn Bikeometer
899
TR Island Bridge
757
WOD Bon Air Park
291
WOD Bon Air West
715
WOD Columbia Pike
238
WOD East Falls Church
503
Wilson WB bike lane
140

Peds counted

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110 Trail
454
14th Street Bridge
187
Arlington Mill Trail
500
Ballston Connector
386
Bluemont Connector
282
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
382
Custis Rosslyn
322
Joyce St NB
46
Joyce St SB
60
Key Bridge East
1950
Key Bridge West
1016
MVT Airport South
211
Roosevelt Bridge
82
TR Island Bridge
201
WOD Bon Air Park
409
WOD Bon Air West
432
WOD Columbia Pike
279
WOD East Falls Church
278

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